Pamela Rabin, a project specialist on the San Diego County Office of Education's Educational Technology team, recently won a national award from Computer-Using Educators (CUE).
Rabin has been interested in technology from a young age, creating rudimentary games using computers as a child.
"That was inspiring," she said about using computers to create. "That's what drives my interest in having students create. I remember the excitement about that. If I can bring that same excitement into classrooms that I felt when I was in 6th grade. That's my goal."
She brought her interest in technology into the classroom when she started teaching and began helping other teachers do the same. She has been an educator for 25 years, promoting technology the entire time in a variety of roles, including classroom teacher and resource teacher.
"I have worked to make learning culturally relevant, inclusive, and fun for all students," she said. "I was that passionate teacher pulling people into my classroom to say, 'Look what these amazing kids are doing. You can do it too. Let me show you.'"
Now at the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE), Rabin supports technology integration and curriculum design and development in support of all the districts in the county. Some of the projects she has worked on in her current role include design jams with SDCOE's Juvenile Court and Community Schools and the future home of the Comic Con Museum, a countywide esports initiative, and virtual reality efforts.
"Ms. Rabin epitomizes visionary teaching and learning and shares her expertise freely. She is a true servant leader and an asset to the San Diego educational community," said Dr. Erin English, executive director of Innovation for SDCOE.
CUE is a nonprofit educational corporation founded in 1978 whose goal is to inspire innovative learners in all disciplines from preschool through college. The local affiliate of the national CUE organization serves as a collaborative space for networking and learning, said Rabin, who is on the board of the affiliate.
"CUE is a place where I find a group of people who push me to grow in a field that I love," she said. "I got a larger view of things that were happening across California through CUE."
The Gold Disk award is CUE's oldest recognition program, started in 1983. It celebrates a CUE member's contributions to technology in learning and well as their long-term commitment to CUE. View a video about Rabin and the award.